FAIRFIELD — The Sac-Joaquin Section girls Division III championship game that never was tops this week’s local high school sports action.
Vanden, which lost in the SJS semifinals to Florin of Sacramento, hits the road to play at Modesto Christian, which won the section title, in the Northern California Division III semifinals, Tuesday.
The teams met in last year’s SJS semifinals with the Vikings outscoring the Crusaders 35-12 in the second half en route to a 66-50 victory. Vanden is also familiar with the Modesto Christian gym, having played in a tournament there last season.
The winner advances to play in Saturday’s Northern California championship game at another place with which Vanden is familiar: Solano County Athletic Conference rival American Canyon High.
Here’s a look at what else is going on this week:
Befitting of St. Patrick’s Day, the Vanden and Wood boys golf teams will be hitting the greens at Cypress Lakes Golf Course.
The day’s other action is in badminton with Armijo hosting Davis.
Fresh off Saturday’s comeback win over Mendocino, the Solano Community College baseball team is at Contra Costa.
The Falcons softball squad heads to Ukiah to play Mendocino.
High school baseball has Armijo at Wood, Fairfield at Bethel, Rodriguez at Napa and Vanden at American Canyon.
In boys tennis, Fairfield travels to Benicia, while Vanden entertains Vallejo.
A crosstown rivalry highlights the girls soccer action with Fairfield heading east to play Vanden. Other games have Armijo at Vintage and Vacaville at Rodriguez.
The Vikings and Falcons also square off in golf at Paradise Valley, while Armijo meets Vacaville at Rancho Solano.
In nonleague softball play, Fairfield is at Foothill of Sacramento.
In a key Monticello Empire League track and field meet, Armijo travels to the windy confines of Rodriguez’s Coach Ed Hopkins Memorial Stadium.
Other meets have Bethel at Fairfield and American Canyon at Vanden.
The league swimming competition for the week has Armijo at Vintage, Fairfield at Vallejo and Wood at Rodriguez.
Badminton features Armijo heading to Napa and Rodriguez going to Vacaville.
In boys tennis, Rodriguez is at Vintage, while Wood hosts Armijo.
Softball has Armijo at Napa, Rodriguez at Vacaville, Bethel at Vanden and Vallejo at Fairfield.
Crosstown rivals clash at Armijo’s James E. Brownlee Field when the Indians take on Rodriguez in girls soccer.
The other games are in the SCAC with American Canyon at Fairfield and Vanden at Vallejo.
The Solano baseball and softball teams are back in action with the former hosting Contra Costa and the latter entertaining Napa Valley.
The only badminton of the day has Benicia at Fairfield.
All four city baseball teams host games with Vacaville at Armijo, Benicia at Fairfield, Vintage at Rodriguez and Bethel at Vanden.
Boys tennis features American Canyon at Fairfield and Vanden at Bethel.
In boys golf, Wood plays Rodriguez at Rancho Solano, while Vanden takes on American Canyon at Green Tree.
Armijo’s track teams are scheduled to head to Cerritos College of Norwalk, site of many past CIF State Track and Field Championships, including the 1992 meet in which coach Dave Monk competed for Fairfield, to take part in the California Relays.
Badminton action has Wood at Armijo and Rodriguez at Napa.
In nonleague baseball, Woodcreek of Roseville plays at Rodriguez, while Vintage heads to Vanden.
Play in MEL boys tennis includes Vacaville at Rodriguez and Vintage at Armijo.
Rounding out the week in softball, Wood is at Armijo, Rodriguez is at Napa, Vanden is at American Canyon and Fairfield is at Bethel.
The Solano baseball team concludes its series with Contra Costa at San Pablo.
The Fairfield swim teams will be in Vallejo for the Jaguar Invitational.
Rodriguez will go with split track and field squads, competing in both the Eddie Hart Invitational at Pittsburg and the Jaguar Relays at Kimball of Tracy.
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